Drofnad

Drofnad

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Joined on Oct 12, 2008

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On Wasps_2068 in the Insects or Spiders That Bite or Sting challenge (3 comments in total)

One should remark at the **pair** : typically, queens don't nest in pairs, but sometimes I think that sister queens will move in together --rather, more that one will move in with the other who's already begun a nest. (This tiny nest hasn't produced an adult, we can deduce from the size of cells.) I saw such a sharing happen one time, and it came only grudgingly on the part of the nest maker. There is an advantage : there's a parasitic fly that will lay eggs in the nest if it can --how sad to then see a wasp queen tend to young that will never come.

Good shot,
thanks!

-d.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 02:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1425 comments in total)

Regarding the lens, DPR presents a neat graphic comparing sizes::

>On the left is the size and design of the LX7's lens.
> Next is the LX100.
> On the far right is how gigantic the lens would be
> if Panasonic simply upscaled the lens used on the LX7
> to cover the larger sensor area.

1) Is this gigantic lens covering a true 4/3 area, or the lesser one of the LX100? (And that this lens is for eqiv. 24-90 & not 24-75.)

2) I'd like to see how the LX7-designed lens would grow to cover a 1" sensor --conceivably an option considered, vis-a-vis use of that sensor size in the FZ1000. (Some of us prefer MORE DoF and like the "fast"ness of "fast glass" for getting ample light to keep ISOs low & quality good.)

-d

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 16:42 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1425 comments in total)
In reply to:

jkoch2: The LX7 has time lapse, built-in ND filter, 120fps 720p video, and currently sells for $260 at Amazon. The sensor is only 1/1.7, but the lens is a fast f/1.4 at wide and f/2.8 at long. It fits in a large pants pocket or any coat pocket.

Is it really worth another $600 to get a m4/3 sensor and 4k? Hard to think up a good lie that will persuade SWMBO.

That mechanical lens cover looks a bit vulnerable in the open mode, as if it could be circumcised accidentally.

correction : The LX*7* has a faster lens : 1.4 .. 2.3@60mmEquiv, not "2.8". (vs. 1.7 .. 2.8@75mm (maybe 2.5@60?))

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
In reply to:

Drofnad: > It annoyed me when Nikon used to produce H and S versions of its pro-end bodies, offering either resolution or speed. I knew that what we all wanted, and would eventually get, was both.

The letters were/are "H" & "X"; "s" (lowercase) is for an upgrade (the "H" was dropped for default, and only "X" used now for high-resolution. But where is the "get both" (in one camera)?! --in Canon's 1DX, perhaps? D3 saw D3X, and frankly D4 & D4s are complementing D800/e bodies (as the 1DX might be seen to stand vis-a-vis the 5DmkIII, though those resolutions are quite close). (One can read of people wanting a "D4X" (with not merely 36mpx but 54!).)

-d.

?? What about "D40X" is inconsistent? --it IS a mpx boost to the D40, and is consistent in that regard (as contrasted with, e.g., the D70s upgrade w/o such sensor change to the D70).

-d.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)
In reply to:

SammyToronto: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this thing doesn't look beautiful to me. It may be built like a tank, but it looks like the average Sony/Samsung mirrorless camera and less attractive than the average Fuji/Olympus mirrorless camera.

Now, I'm not talking about performance, status, heritage or any of that, but purely on the aesthetic level this Leica underwhelms.

Amen, you said it. (That red badge makes reviewers go nuts. (Somehow, the ol' D-Lux4 was supposed to be soooo lovely vs. the LX3, though it lacked the functional element --a grip-- of the cheaper camera (one could pay even MORE to add the grip!).)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 06:41 UTC

> It annoyed me when Nikon used to produce H and S versions of its pro-end bodies, offering either resolution or speed. I knew that what we all wanted, and would eventually get, was both.

The letters were/are "H" & "X"; "s" (lowercase) is for an upgrade (the "H" was dropped for default, and only "X" used now for high-resolution. But where is the "get both" (in one camera)?! --in Canon's 1DX, perhaps? D3 saw D3X, and frankly D4 & D4s are complementing D800/e bodies (as the 1DX might be seen to stand vis-a-vis the 5DmkIII, though those resolutions are quite close). (One can read of people wanting a "D4X" (with not merely 36mpx but 54!).)

-d.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 03:57 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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Richard Murdey: Make no mistake, the GM1 is small. For hilarity, go to camerasize.com and compare against a Nikon D4. O_o

More to the point though, its functionally the same size as a Pentax Q7 .. essentially erasing the desirability of the latter. Once the price settles down to the $400 range, as it surely will, the relevancy of the Nikon V2 and Sony RX100ii also fall into question.

"compare to the D4" :: !!! Yes, I did that, too --and it's like the yacht & a dingy towed by it! As others note, though, re overall size, one mustn't ignore the lenses : some primes keep an overall small size but at the expense of FL variety of course (vs. RX100). But, for those who have invested in M4/3 gear, this tiny body can be a nice complement.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 19:04 UTC
On Sam the spider in the A Place to Call Home challenge (2 comments in total)

FYI, "Sam" isn't a "he" but a she --Samantha, maybe.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 20:28 UTC as 1st comment
On Brown wasp. in the A Place to Call Home challenge (2 comments in total)

NB: **TWO** wasps, but on a tiny nest that insofar as I can see is unable to have yet held any adult (pupa) --the cells simply aren't big enough. This then indicates that these might be sister waps, one joining the other on her nest.

-d

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 20:23 UTC as 1st comment

> $1300. What do you get for your money? Well, 'a new dot structure on the leather body trim' and a leather case with 'exclusive carrying strap'.

Wow, once again, Leica proves that they know what really matters in photography --who can doubt it?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 22:27 UTC as 174th comment | 2 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
In reply to:

burnin: All you need to know about this camera is that the case has a cut-out solely so the Leica label can be seen.

Un-freaking-believable.

BRAVO for this observation and appropriate remark!!!

+100!! !*98

Ab-sooo-lute-ly incredible!

It says it all, so blantantly
(as if pricing the D-Lux4 nearly double the Pany LX3
--and providing a grip only as an option, for more money--
didn't make the point equally clearly).

FOR $2500+ with FIXED zoom, I want that zoom to be FAST
(-er than 3.5-5.6, common kit-lens for consumer cam.s speed)!

-drofnad

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 17:07 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (220 comments in total)

DPR, your comment below

> Canon's answer to the D600, the 20MP 6D, offers a slimmed-down feature set compared to its big brother the 5D Mark II but offers compelling features like built-in GPS and WiFi.

has the wrong model --should (now) be "Mark III", not "II".

And this Nikon guy casually suggesting that the D600 somehow sits nicely between the D800 & D7000 omits the serious hit a DX user w/DX lenses must take in order to be shooting FX!
Yes, where IS the wanted "D400" !?

-drofnad

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 01:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic DMC G5 preview (93 comments in total)

Nit: "Panasonic GF5 specification highlights"
should read "... G5 ... ". (to repeat a prior post's similar alert)

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2012 at 21:41 UTC as 23rd comment
On CES 2012: Casio stand report article (11 comments in total)

Pentax Ricoh is listed as an exhibitor (yea!). [Google]

-drofnad

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 23:57 UTC as 3rd comment
On Rhythm in the Numerous challenge (2 comments in total)

I'm also interested in what a similar shot would be like:
move a little to the right, so that the lamps or perhaps
better the rightmost edges of the lamp supports are in a
line; would this then bring out a line on the left of the
lamp posts!?

Great get,
thanks!
-drofnad

ps: I presume that aperture was f/5.6 not "56", and a little
surprised that the shot is as deeply sharp as it is, given that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2010 at 19:17 UTC as 1st comment
On Ice Cubist in the Art: Abstract Photography challenge (1 comment in total)

Super shot. This is seen in Abstract, but suits even more aptly
the Winter Details challenge. How fortunate we are that you
were w/camera to catch this,
thanks,
-drofnad

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2010 at 17:48 UTC as 1st comment
On reflection in the Art: Abstract Photography challenge (2 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2010 at 17:28 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sticky Notes in the Art: Abstract Photography challenge (8 comments in total)

Wow, 8 seconds! With some filter or ... lighting?

This is a striking composition,
and I'm also struck by the duration of exposure.

Great shot,
thanks,
-drofnad

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2010 at 17:21 UTC as 6th comment
On Bethlehem Steel Mill17- in the PP: Industrial Landscapes challenge (1 comment in total)

This image is much like the (color) one shown in the
Wikipedia entry for the derelict mill -- /slightly/ more to
the left (here), with decent foreground footing, and a
more dramatic sky.
(And I'm looking and thinking /Wow, a WA shot from the
(viewer's) right side will capture a lot of vertical elements ... !/

Nice job!
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Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2010 at 22:08 UTC as 1st comment
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